Cowork Rochester

Shared Office vs. Co-working

Posted in coworking, shared office by Erik on February 16, 2010

A quick search of the Rochester Craigslist returns a slew available office leases. One seeking a medical related occupant for only $225/month; others looking to rent out large business presences. Shared offices are a great way to save money while having a dedicated work location. Here in Rochester, the most commercialized option is the Rochester Executive Suites on 19th NW. Formal shared office plans like this start at $500/month compared with typical co-working plans that are in the $300-$400 range in most cities. Co-working opportunities and shared office space are similar but not the same.

This chart highlights some of the differences:

Amenity Shared Office Co-working
Typical Costs $500/mo $300/mo
Conference Room
Free Coffee
High-speed Internet
Desk & Chair
Room to Expand
24×7 Access
Unique Environment
Beige Business Environment
1 Year Lease
Shared Copier / Fax Machine
Administrative Support
Shared Telephone System

This is hardly exhaustive. Please leave your thoughts on the differences between co-working an shared office locations in the comments below.